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If you live in the US, what would you budget for one week’s travel in Europe, in dollars?

If you live in the US, what would you budget for one week’s travel in Europe, in dollars?

Apr 27th, 2007, 10:52 AM
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If you live in the US, what would you budget for one week’s travel in Europe, in dollars?

We have been watching this list for several months now. A few times posters have asked where others are from and often where they should go given some time to travel. Additionally posters ask for good restaurants and hotel ideas. Such questions often use the terms like inexpensive and reasonably prices. This always leads to the question of what is reasonable. It seems that reasonable cost means different things to different people.

So, here is my question: If you live in the US, what would you budget for one week’s travel in Europe, in dollars? (This is not including air fare to get to Europe.)

Just give us an average number. Do not get all involved about different countries having different costs. Do not be concerned about quality of accommodations or food or the other scores of reasons for qualifying the answer. Just give a number.

The collection of numbers alone will tell others about what they can expect to be reasonable.

Our number: $1000 per week

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Apr 27th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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Tough question with so many varables. I would say $2,000.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:03 AM
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$3000

$200 hotel/night = $1400
$150 food for 2/day = $1050
$500 in extras
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:04 AM
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We usually budget $250 a day for 2 of us. We often don't spend it all.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:04 AM
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I agree with Dan about the number of variables...there are simply too many IMO for even a collection of numbers to reveal anything.

The real revelation might come from being able to match up one's travel style with someone else's resulting numbers.

And even then....the cost of a rental car, for example...it will vary considerably depending on whether or not you get a stick or an automatic.

I suspect when we travel to Europe we end up SPENDING $2000 per week or more.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:06 AM
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Well, we live in Mexico, but the USD/MXN conversion is nearly automatic.
We are leaving next week for Barcelona; 10 night Med Cruise; Palermo; Taormina; Ravello; NYC.
The three weeks including airfare; cruise, rental car hotels and meals: US$9500. - much in NYC for hotel, meals and theater.
Buen viaje.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:09 AM
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Say $2200 for a week in one spot, no train, plane or rental car.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:11 AM
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"Do not get all involved about different countries having different costs." Huh? When a decent room in London costs $300, and the same accommodation in Köln is $125 or $95 in Antony? How can you not consider different countries?

I think your $1,000 is attainable, but only by budgeting very carefully. If that's for 7 room-nights and 8 days on the ground, then your daily outlay would be about $125. No eating or drinking out. No taxi rides (public transit). No expensive attractions (e.g., Disney Paris). No day trips. No UK.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:13 AM
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Rough budget for upcoming trip for family of four

Lodging $250-$350/night, $1750-2450/week
Meals $500-1000/week
Transportation $400/week (10d car rental, trains otherwise)
Sights/tours/entertainment $250-500/week

Rough total $3000-4000/week for 4.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:13 AM
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Lots of variables to consider. Do you want to dine out at finer establishments, spend a lot shopping, stay in four and five star hotels, or go more the budget route. That said, I would budget about $2000-$2500 for 7-10 days. I stay in hotels about 100 Euros a night, splurge on meals here and there and buy souviners that will mean something to me later on. Most importantly, I research, research, research for the best deals.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:15 AM
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I have to convert from euros, because I live in France and I've prepared budgets for our trips for the last few years in euros. But, on average, we spend about US$2500-2800 a week when we travel. That divides up as about $200 a night (including taxes) for a hotel, $100 for food and about $75-100 for miscellaneous expenses (museums, rental cars, scuba). Our expenses tend to be a bit high on some trips because we sometimes dive for a few days. The weekly total is a little lower than the sum of 7 times the daily rate because we find that our arrival day and departure day are usually cheaper (e.g. because we eat on the plane). We tend to alternate between splurges for hotels and meals (e.g. a nice 4* or 5* hotel, a special dinner that might cost $100-125 for two with wine) and less expensive 2-3* hotels and simple meals and snacks. We often end up eating only 2 or 2.5 meals in a day, especially if our hotel rate includes a large breakfast.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:16 AM
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Your $1000 figure worked for me ...in 2004, and that was living modestly. Depends on your idea of inexpensive.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:19 AM
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This number is working from our actual budget for our trip to Europe, which is 17 days long.

So, taking our budget and figuring out what we would spend in 7 days, the answer is:

$2240

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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:23 AM
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Last summer's 3 week trip: One week each in the Italian Lakes, Venice and The Engadin, 3 adults = $4500, all included except rental car.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:27 AM
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Believe me, I am not skeptical, only admiring, btkport-when you say "our" number is $1000. The implication is that 2 people are in accomodation and eating for $143 per day. So definition of terms: hotel ($100?), breakfast (0-its included in hotel), lunch ($15?), dinner (25?) and everything else, INCLUDING ,museum admissions, transport, a drink (I'd need one!) $3????. Where am I going wrong?
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:27 AM
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Well, you never mentioned the size of your travelling party. Mine is 6 with one of them a 17 yo boy who eats like a horse!!!

So that being said--

2rooms/night $600
1 meal out $250
1 picnic and snacks $100.
tours, tickets extras $200

This adds up to $1150 a DAY!!! Not to mention airfare and other transportation costs.

I plan my trip with $1000/DAY budget and hope I can keep it there! Some hotels are less than my budget and that lets me get by....
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:34 AM
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Forgot rental car.

When staying outside major cities, we can get way with $100-120 per night in a B&B. More if in a Gite depending on time of year. Food runs us about $125 per day on average and extras $50-100 per day.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:50 AM
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Your budget ENTIRELY depends on where you go, how many you are and what you intend to do.

For London, Geneva and Oslo for 2 adults, I would say 400$/day minimum if you are OK with staying at 1 star hotel or outside touristy areas; for Paris, 300$/day should be fine if you are OK with staying around areas such as Place de la Republique. If you are looking for cheaper, head to Budapest or Prague where your $ will make more mileage.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:50 AM
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I'd budget around $2000, however we don't do fine dining and we're not big shoppers.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:52 AM
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Silly question IMHO - do you mean a week in London, or a week in Croatia, or a week in the Scottish Highlands or a week on a Greek isle??

I budget what the particular destination(s) require.

London - I average about $100-$150 per night accomodations (renting/sharing a flat, or using Priceline when I am solo). About $100 a day for food/drinks (some days are much higher but some much lower too). So about $2000 - $2200 a week including theatre etc.

But in a rural part of Scotland or Ireland it would be less than 1/2 that. $55-$65 a night for a B&B, about $35-$40 for food plus the extras like petrol and heritage pass works out to around $1000.
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